Traditional Student Awards for American Students

Traditional Fulbright Canada Student awards are intended for American citizens who are graduate students, prospective graduate students, or promising young professionals who wish to study and/or conduct research in Canada. Awards may be held at any university, research centre, think tank, or government agency in Canada.

Award Details:

The award is a fixed sum of $15,000 for one academic year beginning September. The 2016-17 competition deadline is October 13, 2015 at 5:00pm EST. Applications become available on February 1, 2015.

(Applicants who will have received a Ph.D. by December 31, 2015, must apply to the Fulbright Canada Scholar Program.)

Grantees are expected to use the award to cover necessary expenses such as housing, travel, school fees and other academic expenditures. Basic health insurance is also provided, along with visa services. Fulbright enrichment opportunities are also available on a competitive basis.

Types of Grants:

American students can take up the award in one of three ways.

Formal enrolment awards are intended for students who plan to enroll in a graduate program at a Canadian university. The student must seek admission at the same time as they apply for a Fulbright award. The Traditional Fulbright Canada award would support the first nine months of the student’s graduate degree.

Research awards are intended for students enrolled in a graduate program at an American university, and who wish to conduct research in Canada that will support their U.S. degree. The Traditional Fulbright Canada award would support the student’s nine month academic year in Canada.

Independent research awards are intended for researchers who have completed an undergraduate degree or a master’s degree at an American university and who wish to pursue one academic year of independent research in Canada.


All grantees must have an approved affiliation with an appropriate host (i.e., a university or other research-oriented institution) in Canada and are responsible for securing such affiliation and documenting it in the application. Applicants are encouraged to establish an affiliation with the intended host institution at an early stage and ideally have a fallback position. Applicants must list their potential host institution(s) in the Statement of Grant Purpose.